Depending on the source of your rope, it can be a real pain in the ass of a rope for a beginner, because the knots in what I got from the 1-8 dollar shop compact down like you wouldn’t believe. You can spend ages trying to unpick those things, which leads to swearing and frustration and a general lack of cool. And tossa especially, because it’s highly durable with low maintenance. Exactly what I need. Cons:. As synthetic ropes go, it’s a bit pricey. It usually comes in twisted form as opposed to braided. Update (2018): In my time, I’ve explored two different batches of hemp rope; what I’ve found, is that the supplier and the quality do make a huge difference. As synthetic ropes go, it’s a bit pricey. Nowhere near as pricey as the better natural fibre ropes, but it’s further up there than the previously mentioned ropes.
And naturally I’ll tell you which are my favorites and why, but at the end of the day I’ll leave you to make up your own mind, based on your own sets of priorities, which may very well be different from mine. I’ll even include pictures! Aren’t I just the nicest? When you are just starting off, just go with cheap solid-core braided cotton. I’d recommend 1/4? Cotton “Sash Cord”. Nothing I’ve done to it has fixed this. It may be because it’s sort of a short fibred rope, or it might just be the stuff I got hold of.
For our purposes though, what’s great about this bondage rope is the way it feels. Which is basically incredibly soft and smooth, but with enough solidity and weight to it to give it a real feeling of authority when you put it around someone’s wrists, legs, what have you. I found it at a Bunnings Warehouse. It wouldn’t ordinarily have gotten my attention, because it looks fairly obviously too stiff for use as bondage rope. Reasonably cheap; comes in different diameters and you can get bundles of it for not a bad price, or you can measure off the lengths you want right from the spool. Not terribly pricey at Bunnings. For some thoughts on what thicknesses and lengths you want, check out: Rope Lengths. If you love to color rope (think your partner would look hot in deep purple or something), nylon is also a good choice (pure nylon, not poly-blends with nylon, not poly-pro, poly doesn’t accept dye).
5 millimetre tossa jute. Pros:. It makes the experience of tying someone a lot more fun. Durability; Tossa Jute can take a lot of use before it begins to wear. I got my first set of five millimeter jute from Jade Rope (fairly large set, about 80 metres) for about $113.00 Australian dollars before shipping. I don’t remember exactly how much I paid in NZD, but it was between $150.00 to $180.00 with shipping included.
Cons:. Basically all the same cons as the one just above, with the addition of bulkier knots due to the increased thickness of it. I hope this post was useful for people wanting to learn about the different types of rope! Also, one last note – in addition to your rope kit, I highly recommend a fun new toy I got in 2019, which combines very well with bondage. It actually polishes up and becomes shinier and smoother with use. That’s right, it doesn’t degrade. Pros:. Both breaking strain and rating provided. You can spend ages trying to unpick those things, which leads to swearing and frustration and a general lack of cool. The times when I’ve felt it most likely that I would need to use safety scissors to get someone out of rope, have all been times when I’ve been using this kind of cotton rope.